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The Limping Man

Published 1953

World War II vet Frank Pryor (Lloyd Bridges) returns to London from America after six years to look up an old flame, Pauline French (Moira Lister), now a successful actress.
As he and the other passengers deplane and walk across to the terminal, Frank pauses for a moment and asks the man beside him for a light. There's a gunshot and the man crumples to the ground, shot by a marksman with a high-powered rifle, an assassin with a limp.
It's not long before Frank Pryor is up to his neck in murderous intrigue.

Run time 76 min.
Producer Donald Ginsberg
Production Company Banner Films Ltd.
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: eggbone - favoritefavorite - March 14, 2016
Subject: Good screenplay, but....
I did enjoy the play. Most acting was good. Not a must see but somewhat entertaining
Reviewer: foxyryan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2015
Subject: Surprise ending
I loved it the ending really.
Reviewer: blackandwhitelover - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2014
Subject: Harry Lime
Entertaining film had shades of The Third Man with Orsen Welles & Joseph Cotton. Mystery unfolds but seems to get more complicated as it winds down. And then that quirky ending! Silly but sweet, it was the best way to resolve all the loose ends. Very watchable, especially Moira Lister.
Reviewer: editorterry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2014
Subject: The Limping Man
Interesting that a limping man has a listing co-star.
Reviewer: rowill - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 4, 2014
Subject: Better than I thought
Before Sea Hunt, Lloyd Bridges didn't have much value at the box office, but looking at this, you can see than he was certain to become a success. Liked this and while the ending was a bit of a disappointment, it did take me by surprise! Considering the budget, I gave it four stars...exceptional acting talent for the money, sets, direction seemed realistic to me. The story was good and pulled me in from the beginning, but as I said, the ending somehow wasn't as satisfying as it might have been.
Reviewer: otisfiend - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 25, 2012
Subject: Pretty Good
Former service man returns to England 6 years after the war(WW 2) to rekindle romance, BUT what has the lady been doing for the last 6 years? Excellent thriller with the "Sea Hunt" guy. Only downside was the kind of silly ending.
Reviewer: primsue - favoritefavorite - July 12, 2012
Subject: The End
I know I should give this movie another chance, but after falling asleep twice and daydreaming through the third viewing I have pretty much given up. I know and like to look for other actors but not sure of British people so much. I did stay awake for the end which would really spoil the entire movie anyway. I thought the ending was silly and like one other reviewer said, I wonder if they ran out of money.
Reviewer: josephkrygier - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2011
Subject: More Noir
Very Noir with a touch of Deja Vu at the end. Lloyd Bridges is always a pleasure to watch. Back when movies were entertaining stories not photo opportunities for actor/models. Like good books, these films don't become dated and can be watched over and again.
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - - January 16, 2011
Subject: Yet another than makes me nod off
I didn;t find it really boring, but every time i try to watch this I nod off,,5 times and counting..maybe 6 will be my lucky number..
Reviewer: Modern Art Otriad - favorite - November 16, 2010
Subject: Worst Ending Ever
Average B noir right the way through, yet still quite watchable. Then the end just kills it, leaving you in a moral vacum with no sense of resolution. A story arc that just wasn't, I cannot comprehend how people liked this ending, it refutes the paradigms of noir, but in a way which is not the least bit worth the trouble.
Reviewer: moviedivatoo - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2010
Subject: This was surprisingly good!
I'm not a Bridges fan necessarily only remember him from the Sea Hunt series of the late 50's early 60' to him in something entirely different! I found the story engrossing drawing me in from the first! The unexpected ending I found 3 stars.
Reviewer: keygrip - favoritefavorite - May 9, 2010
Subject: Standard B picture fare
This is a typical Briish B picture of the 50's featuring a second tier American actor in the lead role.
Entertaing only for spotting well known British actors of the time. The appearances of Lionel Blair and famous magician Robert Harbin add to its curiosity value.
Reviewer: paxoid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 13, 2009
Subject: The Limping Man
Yeah! Good one.. Better than average B movie - can't help wondering if they ran out of money and/or time, but the ending worked for me.
Was a bit perplexed by the escape into the TV viewing flat, but perhaps that was a normal event in its time.
Bridges' quiff had a fascination all of its own..
Reviewer: TheHomesteader - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2009
Subject: Impressively Directed
Impressively directed, well photographed little suspense film. Lloyd Bridges giving a solid performance. I quite enjoyed it, just stay away from the spoilers.
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2009
Subject: Ho Hum
This is a good second-rate thriller, though it's a cheat. There are several twists and turns and a surprise ending, which I didn't care for.

I downloaded the largest file available. QuickTime had some playback problems, but it played alright in VLC.
Reviewer: bearpuf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2009
Subject: A Rather Good Plot
A good mystery with a good pace that keeps the viewer guessing. Nice punchline ending. Almost immediately I recognized the inspector (Alan Wheatley) as the Sheriff of Nottingham from the Robin Hood series broadcast in the late '50's. He's rather good in this one, along with Lloyd Bridges.
Reviewer: quigs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2009
Subject: the Limping Man
Unusual but excellant story. Won't give away the ending. It's worth the view.
Reviewer: Aitchondo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2009
Subject: Good to see Lloyd Bridges again.
Loved the movie. Really loved the ending. Surprise!
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